James Rosen disclosed Duane “Dewey” Clarridge and the Eclipse Group kept tabs on Bergdahl -- first “under sub-contract” to the DOD -- and later as a free-lancer
According to James Rosen of Fox News, “U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a ‘mujahid,’ or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News. *** The reports indicate that Bergdahl's relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, ‘he became much more of an accepted fellow’ than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times.” ( See “EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show” by James Rosen, 6/5/14, Fox News [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/05/exclusive-bergdahl-declared-jihad-secret-documents-show/]).
As part of Rosen’s lengthy report about Bergdahl’s conversion, Rosen goes into an interesting side discussion about his main source of information for the report on Bergdahl — Duane R. ("Dewey") Clarridge and “secret documents” called SITREPs. According to Rosen, the SITREPs are rich in on-the-ground detail – including the names and locations of the Haqqani commanders who ran the 200-man rotation used to guard Bergdahl – and present the most detailed view yet of what Bergdahl's life during the past five years had been like. Mr. Clarridge made the more than one dozen SITREPs prepared on the Bergdahl case -- all previously unpublished -- available to Fox News because he wanted to demonstrate, as he put it: "We know what we're talking about."
Rosen then said, “These real-time dispatches were generated by the Eclipse Group, a shadowy private firm of former intelligence officers and operatives that has subcontracted with the Defense Department and prominent corporations to deliver granular intelligence on terrorist activities and other security-related topics, often from challenging environments in far-flung corners of the globe.”
Clarridge reportedly told Fox News that his group had been on a subcontract through the assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict from November 2009 through May 31, 2010; and that after that contract had been terminated, Clarridge invested some $50,000 of his own money to maintain the elaborate network of informants and handlers that had yielded such detailed accounts of Bergdahl's status.
The Eclipse Group is run by Clarridge, who is a former senior operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1980s, and who is known to have been indicted for lying to Congress about his role in the tangled set of events that became known as the Iran-Contra scandal. While on trial for those charges in December 1992, he was pardoned by the outgoing President, George H.W. Bush.
Clarridge counts a number of positive achievements in his spy career, including a prominent role in the establishment of a national counterrorism center at CIA, a move widely copied around the world by foreign intelligence agencies. A New York Times profile of Clarridge published in January 2011 included a description of the contractual relationship that Eclipse had with the Pentagon, through subcontractors; and the Times specifically reported that Clarridge's activities had included efforts to help find Bergdahl. In that profile, the New York Times described Clarridge’s agents' dispatches as “an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports.”
Rosen’s report is rich on names and dates as to the who, what and where Clarridge was sending his Eclipse Group's SITREPs. Anybody wanting to look at one “man behind the curtain” in a significant part of the growing Bergdahl-Taliban swap scandal should look at Rosen’s article for that insight alone.